D-backs avoid arbitration with Pennington

D-backs avoid arbitration with Pennington

PHOENIX -- Infielder Cliff Pennington avoided salary arbitration Sunday night by agreeing to a one-year deal with the D-backs, the club announced.

Pennington, 30, proved handy for Arizona this year, starting 20 games at shortstop, 15 at second base and eight at third. He committed only two fielding errors, both at shortstop. The switch-hitter batted .254 in 68 games with two home runs, 10 RBIs and a .340 on-base percentage.

Coming off a two-year, $5 million contract, Pennington will earn $3.275 million in 2015, ESPN reported.

Arizona has three remaining arbitration-eligible players -- pitchers Jeremy Hellickson and Addison Reed and first baseman/outfielder Mark Trumbo.

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